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MORALE at the privately owned Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) is at its lowest after the media group is said to have paid some of its workers half of their April salaries.

AHM are the publishers of Newsday, the Zimbabwe Independent, the Standard and the Southern Eye newspapers.

The media house’s general manager responsible for human capital , Edith Kayinga on Monday this week wrote a memo informing the workers that they will receive half of their April salaries while salaries for those working in the editorial department were to be indefinitely delayed.

“Dear colleagues, we would like to inform you that salaries for April have been delayed. We were able to pay half salaries for shared services today and these should be accessible from tomorrow (29th April 2014). Dates for other payroll’s are yet to be confirmed. Thank you for your patience,” reads part of Kayinga e-mail to the workers which was seen by Newzimbabwe.com.

According to the company’s salary payment schedule, shared services workers who include most non-editorial staff are supposed to be paid on the 22nd of every month followed by Newsday on the 26th, Zimbabwe Independent 1st, Southern Eye 3031 and the Standard 4th.

“Our future at this company is now insecure. We were supposed to get paid on Friday last week but no one has been paid,” said a disgruntled worker who preferred to remain anonymous.

“Last month we were paid on the 8th, almost 10 days after our official pay day. Already there is a g rumour circulating that the company will not able to pay us our full salaries this month like what they did to non-editorial staff workers.”

The other workers also accused the company’s management of pursuing what they described as misplaced priorities at the expense of workers.

“The company always holds useless breakfast meetings at expensive hotels while they do not care about the welfare of workers. Right now the company is talking of starting up a radio station when it cannot properly run its newspaper business,” said another disgruntled worker.

Of late the media house has been rocked by financial challenges which have seen the retrenchment of editorial, aertising and distribution staff.

AMH is partly funded by the New York-based Media Development Investment Fund which also supports Trevor Ncube’s Mail amp Guardian in South Africa.

Source : New Zimbabwe